Daddy Dewdrop

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Daddy Dewdrop is a pseudonym for American songwriter Richard Monda (born 1940, Cleveland, Ohio, United States). He is best known for the novelty single "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)".

Early career[edit]

Monda also founded and worked with a popular Los Angeles band the Novells back in the mid to late 1960s, who later recorded an album on Mothers Records under the supervision of H.B. Barnum. The album, That Did It! contains a song entitled "Age of Innocence," which was written and produced by Monda. Therefore, Richard Monda, despite rumors to the contrary, discovered the Novells before H.B. Barnum did.[citation needed]

Chart success[edit]

The song "Chick-A-Boom" was originally written by Janis Lee Guinn and Linda Martin for the cartoon Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies.[1] Monda put together a backup band of studio musicians, including Tom Hensley, who later became the musical director for Neil Diamond, and Butch Rillera, who later became a member of the group Redbone, and recorded a version the song, retitled "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)". The tune, which was distributed by Sunflower Records, became a top ten hit in the United States, peaking on the Billboard Pop Singles chart at #9 in 1971, and #3 on Cashbox.[2]

After the success of "Chick-A-Boom", Monda released a full album of novelty based tunes, including "Chick-A-Boom", which was followed by a second single, "Fox Huntin'/The March of the White Corpuscles". However, none of these releases charted.

Later career[edit]

Monda recorded under other names during the 1970s, including Lu Janis, an album entitled, "Ordurvs". He later recorded and released the song "Nanu Nanu (I Wanna' Get Funky with You)" from 1978, which was meant to capitalize on the catchphrase of the character Mork from Mork & Mindy.

Monda went on to write hits for other artists such as Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others. Monda continues to record as Daddy Dewdrop, and in 2010 released a CD entitled This Time.[3][dead link]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daddy Dewdrop biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  3. ^ M. Richard Monda's Website